The Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts and Culture Institute currently offers programming in fine art, graffiti and street art, and traditional Lakota arts. Our long-term vision includes music and movement, commercial arts, full internships/peer mentor program.
This type of contemporary arts instruction will allow our Lakota youth to do what the Lakota Nation has always done—communicating through art. Not only is LAI about healing, positive self-expression, storytelling and strengthening connection to culture, it also provides vital fuel for imagination, demonstrating to interested youth how they can pursue a viable and sustainable future through artistic careers.
Recent classes and workshops have included:
- Graffiti lettering
- Spray can control
- Collaborative murals
- Hide painting
- Traditional jewelry
- Video Production
You can view our Youth art in our new Online Youth Art Gallery and Youth produced videos in our new online Youth Video Gallery.
EXPLORE WANIYETU WOWAPI LAKOTA YOUTH ARTS & CULTURE INSTITUTE
Classes and Workshops
The Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts and Culture Institute currently offers programming in fine art, graffiti and street art, and traditional Lakota arts. Our long-term vision includes music and movement, commercial arts, full internships/peer mentor program. Learn more about the Classes and Workshops offered.
Lakota Arts Fellowship
The Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts and Culture Institute has launched a 9-month fellowship program. This opportunity is for teens who have indicated they are considering pursuing a career in the arts. Learn more about the Lakota Arts Fellowship.
The Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts and Culture Institute instructors include both national and local/traditional artists. Learn more about the instructors.
Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park
The Cheyenne River community chose the name for CRYP’s free, public art park, christening it “Waniyetu Wowapi.” Translated from Lakota, it means “Winter Count”—a year period, from snow to snow, written on something flat. The winter count is how the Lakota Nation traditionally recorded its history, so it was a fitting name for our 5-acre park. Learn more about the Art Spaces.
RedCan Graffiti Jam
Graffiti jams were designed to introduce graffiti as an art form, bringing together people who exemplify the contemporary graffiti art movement and how it has evolved since its inception a half century ago. In the case of RedCan, not only are artists showcasing a global movement, its relevance and how to be part of it, they’re connecting the graffiti world with the indigenous one, allowing Lakota artists to infuse graffiti with their own culture, identities and stories. Learn more about the RedCan Graffiti Jam.